I’m one of those folks who can get lost even with the aid of a GPS. On my way to MO last week, I had my route all programmed in and I had the printed directions from mapquest but then I saw a sign that said “Joplin . . exit here” so I exited. The lady in the GPS began screaming at me. I figured I’d go a little ways and she would calm down but she didn’t so I pulled over and looked at the printed directions and someone was confused about the route . . either the sign that said “Joplin . . exit here” or the GPS or the printed directions. Figuring time was on my side, I just kept going and eventually the GPS lady stopped telling me to make a U-turn as soon as it was safe to do so and began telling me how to get back to I-44. She seemed like she had regained control of herself so I trusted her and did what she told me. Then I saw an Arby’s and realized it was about 2:00 p.m. and I had not had breakfast or lunch, nor had I had a Dr. Pepper. I stopped and ate. Then I saw a Target and decided to run in there and get some things for Chad and Nicole. As I was leaving, I noticed a real nice hotel and just tucked that away for future reference.
This was my first trip back to MO and it takes me a few trips to learn where to get gas, where to eat, where to make restroom stops. The one thing I learned this trip is don’t count on getting past Oklahoma City for a bathroom and gas stop. Whew . . that was close . . on both counts!
It’s about a 10 hour drive, which I can easily do in one day . . unless I’ve had the night shift of baby duty. I was more than happy to take care of Adalina during the night so Chad and Nicole could sleep but I realized there was no way I could drive 10 hours after getting little to no sleep for the past week.
I explained to Vince that I thought I should make this a two day trip. He said he would find me a room and I told him I already knew where I wanted to stay . . right near a Target, a Starbucks and a Cracker Barrel! He said “Fine .. he’d get me a room.”
I checked in and have a huge suite!
Open the door to a little wet bar type area . . there’s a package or two of popcorn!! There’s a bottle of wine in the car . . should I get it out or not? Probably not.
See that long desk? A quick inspection tells me I could easily set up 4 sewing machines, as well as a cutting mat on there. Anyone want to come sew? There’s a sofa and a chair . . and there are knitting projects (provided by me . . not the hotel).
A big, old comfy king size bed. There are 6 lamps in this room, all with bulbs that actually put out light! Shall I crawl in that big bed and read or shall I sit on the sofa and knit?
First things first .. hit the shower and then I’ll decide what sounds good.
Thanks Vince for getting me such a wonderful room. Wish you were here!